Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Blues

I have two new inks in my collection, great additions to The Blues lineup: Noodler's Manhattan Blue and Pilot Iroshizuku's Kon-Peki. They are both amazing colors.

According to the helpful sales clerk at Art Brown International Pen Shop, Manhattan Blue is a replica of the Carters Blue ink from 1931 and was used quite a lot in official NYC circles (I think she also mentioned it's the same blue as the New York Yankees, but that's not a selling point for me). Manhattan Blue, like Legal Blue, is made by Noodler's exclusively for Art Brown. It's an intense, pure dark blue that really does look like the color of ink you would find in ink wells in New York City public schools circa 1902.

The Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki is a bright blue that looks a bit like J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir. It's definitely striking, and there's something about the color that makes me think it is highly pigmented and saturates evenly and well. It's become a favorited of mine, possiby because of the beautiful color or because of the pen I'm using it in--or both. Either way, it gets attention.


  1. Thanks for this review, Diane. It makes me want to try Manhattan Blue. The Private Reserve Black Magic Blue looks more like purple, but that doesn't mean I would like to try that, as well.

  2. I like the kon-peki very very much!! Have a review on my blog!

  3. Hi Woodworker! I saw your great review, the kon-peki is really beautiful. So are your pics, as alwasy.

    Erin the Manhattan Blue is really a great old-fashioned blue. I like it a bit more than the Legal Blue, which is a bit more turquoise.